Andy Murray to train for Tokyo Paralympic Games

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Update: It was indeed an April Fools. Thanks to those that played along. - Ed
Rumours swirling around the ATP Tour suggest that Andy Murray has begun training furiously for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

According to sources close to the Murray camp, the Scot has all but abandoned hopes of making it back onto the regular ATP tour. The news follows the radical hip-resurfacing operation he opted for in January this year in a bid to restart his pro career.

Although the former world number one had targeted one last hurrah at Wimbledon, Murray now seems to have adjusted his expectations. The twice Olympic champion is reportedly training daily in a specially adapted wheelchair.

Fellow Scot Gordon Reid, the Paralympic gold medallist and two-time grand-slam champion, is rumoured to be overseeing his development.

Meanwhile, Murray has been spotted by incredulous locals taking part in the Inclusive Tennis Programme at the Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club close to his Surrey home.

Club regular and Murray superfan Nikki Fishford, 23, from Thames Ditton, said, “It blew my socks off when I saw Andy hitting in a chair. Although he'd grown a heavy beard to hide his face, I’d know that down-the-line two-hander anywhere."

As of 2012, people with physical disabilities similar to Murray’s are eligible to compete in Paralympic wheelchair tennis. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) states that, ‘To be eligible to play wheelchair tennis, a competitor must have a medically diagnosed, permanent, mobility-related physical disability’.

Wheelchair competitors must then meet one of several further criteria that include ankylosis, severe arthrosis or joint replacement in the lower half. On this basis, Murray would clearly seem to meet the IPC’s requirements. The governing body, led by President Andrew Parsons, is understood to be in the process of rubber-stamping the Scot’s application.

Murray’s friend and ATP tour veteran John Isner said, “It’s an open secret on the circuit that Andy practises regularly with the wheelie boys. He can even hit a slam-dunk smash. Until I saw it, I wouldn’t have believed a wheelchair could levitate.”

The Tokyo Paralympic Games take place from 25 August to 6 September next year.
Just happy to see Andy back
April 01, 2019, 04:21 am
By Grannypal

So happy for you Andy.
April 01, 2019, 04:25 am
By Grannypal

"Interesting" Nigel - I think they're rumours you know Smile
April 01, 2019, 06:43 am
By moonglow

Very apt on today of all days!
April 01, 2019, 07:35 am
By MurraysMate

It’s that day again.
April 01, 2019, 08:14 am
By waverlybear

Great to see you Grab  clap wave bigarmhug
And good to see your spoof is up to its usual standard  yay
April 01, 2019, 01:08 pm
By blueberryhill

Nigel … Wink
April 01, 2019, 03:30 pm
By Daisy

Haha. Good April Fool.
April 01, 2019, 05:19 pm
By lindylou

Well done, Nigel.
April 01, 2019, 05:26 pm
By tamila

Only just logged on, forgot what the date was - and nearly fell for it to begin with! doh   Nice one as usual Nigel. lol  The penultimate para in particular is brilliant.

PS: This is fact - when Andy couldn't play for six months when he was 16  because of his bipartite patella he did actually learn to play wheelchair tennis..
April 01, 2019, 07:50 pm
By Aileen

Thanks again Nigel - I was sort of ready for it this year Smile
April 03, 2019, 07:33 am
By moonglow

Must say you got me again Nigel, well for 5 mins anyway  lol
April 03, 2019, 09:09 am
By ChrisMac

PS: This is fact - when Andy couldn't play for six months when he was 16  because of his bipartite patella he did actually learn to play wheelchair tennis..

Nice to know! Thx.
April 09, 2019, 05:54 am
By flowerpower

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